It’s far too long since lovely Jo Lambert has appeared on Linda’s Book Bag. Last time I was reviewing her novel Watercolours in the Rain in a post you’ll find here. Jo has also previously written a super guest post, telling us about writing in the first person and you can read that blog post here. Another of Jo’s books, The Other Side of the Morning, featured here. Today I’m delighted to stay in with Jo to find out what she’s been writing of late.
Staying in with Jo Lambert
Welcome back to Linda’s Book Bag, Jo. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me on this occasion.
Thank you for inviting me. It’s lovely to take a break from writing…
Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
I’m currently writing a trilogy set on the south Cornish coast. The first book, Shadows on the Water, has just been published and it’s the one I’ve decided to bring with me today.
Congratulations on a new series. What can we expect from an evening in with Shadows on the Water?
Love, loss, family, friendship and suspense – all the usual ingredients you’ll find in my books. The icing on the cake for me was writing the story set against such a wonderful backdrop. The fictitious estuary towns of East and West Kingswater were created from a mix of Dartmouth and Fowey. They are places I’ve been to many times and made it much easier to give my characters a ‘home’ and create the scenes for the book.
That sounds wonderful Jo. I think we could all do with a trip to Cornwall!
What else have you brought along and why?
A cream tea for us to share. An absolute must if you visit Cornwall isn’t it? I know there’s this thing about which comes first, jam or cream but on the Cornish side of the border it’s definitely jam first! Will you pour or shall I?
You pour Jo. I can’t hold myself back from those scones. A cream tea is one of my very favourite things and it always makes sense to me to put the jam on first even all the way up here in Lincolnshire! Did you bring anything else?
I always create a playlist for my books. Mood music which helps me write some of the scenes. If I had to choose one track from the list it would be Maggie Reilly’s Every Time We Touch which is the theme for Ava and Alex my central characters.
And finally I’ve brought along a couple of photos. One of Dartmouth and one of Fowey. Without photographic memories like these it would not have been possible to create the feel of my fictitious estuary town of Kingswater. We’re hoping to go back to Fowey in early October – more research for book 3!
I can quite understand why you want to return as soon as you can Jo. Let’s hope you get there! Shadows on the Water seems to fit the setting perfectly. Thank you so much for staying in with me to chat about it. Now, pass me another scone please whilst I add a few more details for blog readers about Shadows on the Water.
Shadows on the Water
After the tragic death of her fiancé, Ava Warren is slowly rebuilding her life. She has a supportive family, great friends and a job she loves, managing holiday letting company Estuary Escapes in her home town of Kingswater. Another relationship is the last thing she wants or needs. Until one evening she meets Alex Penhaligon.
Alex’s father Sam owns Heron’s Gate Vineyard and Alex has recently returned from California, where he has been working for the past five years. A case of mistaken identity gets them off to a bad start. But discovering his error, Alex is anxious to make amends and soon persuades Ava that he’s not quite as arrogant as she thinks he is. As their friendship begins to turn into something much deeper, Ava wonders whether she can at last put the past behind her and make a new future with Alex.
But someone is watching. A man who not only thinks Ava should be his but also holds a long term grudge against Alex. And he’s determined to get his own way irrespective of the lengths he has to go to or who gets hurt in the process.
Set in Cornwall Shadows on the Water is a story of family ties, lost love and tangled loyalties.
Shadows on the Water is available for purchase here.
About Jo Lambert
Jo Lambert lives on the eastern edge of the city of Bath. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. She has been writing since 2008. Her first five books, a set of linked romantic sagas following the lives of several families in rural West Somerset, were followed in 2015 by Summer Moved On, a contemporary romance set in South Devon. A sequel, Watercolours in the Rain was published 2017,
In June 2018 Jo signed to Choc Lit and her debut A Cornish Affair, set in North Cornwall was published in 2019 under their Ruby Fiction imprint.
Her latest novel Shadows on the Water is due for publication on 26th July. It is the first in a three book series. She is currently busy working on the second which will be published next year.
When she isn’t writing she reads and reviews. She also has an active blog. Jo loves travel, red wine and music and long as it has a great melody and lyrics. Oh and she often takes the odd photograph or two…